Research interests focus on model-based support for solving complex problems,
which incorporates three interlinked areas.
First, integration of interdisciplinary knowledge and its representation by
Second, creation of knowledge by comprehensive model analysis,
including multicriteria methods.
Third, tailoring the modeling process to meet the needs of decision-making
Thus the research interests cover a cluster of areas relevant to
the adaptation (whenever possible) or development (when needed) of
methodology, algorithms, and software for model-based decision-making
This includes more specific topics in Operations Research (OR) such as:
multicriteria problem analysis,
large scale optimization,
optimization of badly conditioned problems,
use of database management systems for complex models,
decision analysis and support,
user interfaces in decision support systems,
effective treatment of uncertainty and risk.
The current focus is on Structured Modeling Technology (SMT), which is
being developed to meet the IIASA's growing needs for tailored modeling
support for problems characterized by complex relations, huge amounts of
data, and the demand for integrated model analysis.
SMT aims at supporting interdisciplinary teams working at dispersed locations
on model specification, collection and verification of data, definition of
various model instances, and applying diversified methods of model analysis.
Thus SMT is based on the Web and uses DBMSs for a consistent management of
all persistent elements of the whole modeling process.
I graduated in 1970 with an Engineer and a Master of Science degree
in the field of automatic control and computer sciences, received from
the Faculty of Electronics of the Warsaw University of Technology.
I had also studied mathematics at the Warsaw University.
In 1970 I joined the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of
(SRI), Warsaw, Poland.
I received my Ph.D. in 1976 from the Polish Academy of Sciences
for the thesis on the optimization of environmental models.
Before joining IIASA in 1987
I was an assistant professor and a leader of the Environmental Systems
Modeling laboratory at SRI, and
also a co-ordinator of a group of research and application projects on the
development of decision support systems for water resources management
Moreover, since 1976 I had been actively participating in several joint
projects with IIASA.
During my affiliation with IIASA I am on leave from the SRI.
Activities at IIASA
I have been leading the Integrated Modeling Environment project since
I started my affiliation at IIASA in August 1987 by joining
the Computer Services Department to work on the development and application
of mathematical programming software.
Later I was Acting Project Leader of the Methodology of Decision Analysis
(MDA) Project from September 1989 until August 1991, and since then
I have been a member of this project.
In 1997-2005 I was a Senior Research Scholar at the Risk, Modeling and
Society Program, where I expanded the activities I had been
doing within the MDA Project (which terminated at the end of 1996).
CV and list of selected publication
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publications available in
(last modified on
Dec 15, 2017).
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